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‘Capitol Police Made Me Delete The Video’: Journalists Banned From Reporting On GOP Health Bill Protesters

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‘Capitol Police Made Me Delete The Video’: Journalists Banned From Reporting On GOP Health Bill Protesters





Capitol Hill staff blocked several members of the press from reporting on demonstrators who were protesting the Senate’s vote to proceed to debate on an unknown Republican health care bill, reports Media Matters.

In at least one case, a The Daily Beast Congressional correspondent said Capitol Hill police forced him to delete his video of the protesters.

As lawmakers began to vote on the measure, dozens of protesters began to yell “kill the bill” and “shame” from the Senate gallery. The demonstrators were quickly placed under arrest and removed from the gallery by Capitol Police:



As reporters attempted to report on the unfolding story, the Sergeant at Arms denied them access on the grounds that they were observing a “crime scene”, according to The Washington Post’s Mike DeBonis and The New York Post’s Gabby Morrongiello:




Many reporters were told they were banned from taking any photos and had to delete any they had already taken:

Media Matters notes: “In recent weeks, Republicans have sought to curtail press access on Capitol Hill. At one point, the Senate rules committee said it would begin enforcing a rule banning reporters from filming interviews with senators unless they had been granted permission ahead of time, according to journalists. Following an uproar, Republicans backed off.”

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